Bali has been appointed to host the 2018 Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank slated for Oct. 8-14. For this event، the island expects to welcome 15،000 participants from across the globe. Thus، at least 30،000 people، including tourists، are expected to travel to Bali in October next year، The Jakarta Post reported.
Prior to that event، the country will also host the 2018 Asian Games between Aug. 18 and Sept. 2 in Palembang، South Sumatra، and Jakarta.
“2018 is going to be a really busy year with 171 regional elections،” said Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said during a limited preparation meeting for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the IMF and the World Bank on Wednesday.
To prepare for the event، an underpass will be constructed at the intersection of the Ngurah Rai Monument in Badung regency to ease traffic congestion on roads connecting Ngurah Rai International Airport، Nusa Dua and Denpasar.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has also prepared several packages that will be promoted through the travel website TripAdvisor، such as a one-day cruise package to islands near Bali، a Beyond Bali travel package to destinations that can be reached from Bali via direct flights، such as Lombok، Labuan Bajo، Jakarta، Joglosemar (Yogyakarta، Solo and Semarang) and the iconic Borobudur temple in Magelang، Central Java. There are also travel packages to Toraja in South Sulawesi and Lake Toba in North Sumatra. (kes)